es·​trange | \ i-ˈstrānj How to pronounce estrange (audio) \
estranged; estranging

Definition of estrange

transitive verb

1 : to arouse especially mutual enmity or indifference in (someone) where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness : alienate John's excesses gradually estranged him from his mother …— Philip Norman She became estranged from her family.
2 : to remove from customary environment or associations The first words spoken were not those of one becoming estranged from this world, and already permitted to stray at times into realms foreign to the living.— Charlotte Brontë

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Other Words from estrange

estrangement \ i-​ˈstrānj-​mənt How to pronounce estrangement (audio) \ noun
her estrangement from her family
estranger noun

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estrange, alienate, disaffect mean to cause one to break a bond of affection or loyalty. estrange implies the development of indifference or hostility with consequent separation or divorcement. his estranged wife alienate may or may not suggest separation but always implies loss of affection or interest. managed to alienate all his coworkers disaffect refers especially to those from whom loyalty is expected and stresses the effects (such as rebellion or discontent) of alienation without actual separation. troops disaffected by hunger

Examples of estrange in a Sentence

she estranged several of her coworkers when she let her promotion go to her head
Recent Examples on the Web The two former friends were estranged at the time of his death after a fight led to their separation. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Jada Pinkett Smith Reveals How Robyn Crawford's Book About Whitney Houston Made Her Think About Tupac Shakur," 20 Nov. 2019 Allen is long estranged from Mia Farrow and the Farrow siblings. Author: Paul Farhi, Anchorage Daily News, "Ronan Farrow overcame spies, intimidation to break some of the biggest stories of the #MeToo era," 11 Oct. 2019 Investigators say the parents were estranged and the mother had obtained a restraining order against the father., "News of the Day From Across the Nation," 18 Nov. 2019 Kyle was estranged from his family, but has since claimed that is no longer the case. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "What to Know About the Chrisley Family Drama: Tax Evasion, Extortion, and Family Feuds," 28 Sep. 2019 Ollie was reported missing Friday morning by his father John Wiedemann, who was estranged from Harbin and had custody of the boy, according to the station. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Kidnapped Texas boy, 6, found dead with mother, Amber Alert canceled," 24 Aug. 2019 Middle brother Chris Stokowski is estranged and inherits nothing, the will said. Christie D'zurilla,, "Gloria Vanderbilt told Anderson Cooper not to expect a trust fund. He got the estate instead," 2 July 2019 Zaloom hears about the difficulty of collecting this information, especially when parents are estranged, or unwilling to help. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "Student Debt Is Transforming the American Family," 2 Sep. 2019 Wade has known Lindsey for about 11 years and described her relationship with her family as estranged. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Police investigate 11th murder of a black transgender woman this year," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of estrange

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for estrange

Middle English, from Anglo-French estrangir, estranger, from Medieval Latin extraneare, from Latin extraneus strange — more at strange entry 1

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6 Dec 2019

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“Estrange.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of estrange

: to cause someone to be no longer friendly or close to another person or group
: to cause someone to be no longer involved or connected with something

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